It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Liverpool, and there’s been plenty of buzz surrounding the team along with possible moves.
Most fans may be focused on the big decision that will be coming in the near future for a certain controversial striker, but there are also some other moves that could potentially be made in the near future.
Here’s a recap of some of the most recent news surrounding significant potential transfers for The Red, along with some analysis of what these moves could mean for Liverpool.
Deadline Set for Luis Suarez Decision
Rather than constantly wait in uncertainty, it appears that Liverpool has given Suarez a deadline to make his decision regarding his future with the team, which will apparently be set for July 22.
David Maddock of the Daily Mirror reported the set deadline, writing that:
The Uruguay international has been given until Monday July 22 to take a holiday in South America following Confederations Cup duty that only ended last Sunday, before reporting back to the club he has repeatedly said he wants to leave.
No decision has yet been made on precisely where the forward will be told to join his team-mates, but it is almost certain he will be ordered to take part in the Reds' tour of the Far East and Australia.
That could mean Melbourne, and the massive game Liverpool will play on July 24 at the Aussie city's world-famous cricket ground.
Far more likely is the prospect of him returning for the last leg of the tour, when the Reds meet a Thailand XI in Bangkok on July 28.
Fans have plenty of mixed emotions regarding Suarez. On one hand, he’s been a distraction on the club due to multiple incidents. On the other hand, he’s a tremendous player who’s capable of making big plays. He’s scored 38 goals in 77 appearances for Liverpool, and losing him would shake things up quite a bit on this roster.
The decision hasn’t been made yet, but fans will be waiting to hear what Suarez and the Reds decide to do.
West Ham Interested in Stewart Downing
It hasn’t been an ideal situation for Downing while with Liverpool, and now he might be getting a chance to find a new home.
According to Charlie Skillen of the Daily Mail, it appear that West Ham is looking to grab Downing to go along with Andy Carroll, who recently signed a £15 million deal. In the report, Skillen says that:
Downing found himself out of Reds manager Brendan Rodgers' plans at the start of last season, and although he won his place back in the side Liverpool would be willing to part with him and get him off the wage bill.
They would have to accept significantly less than the £20m former manager Kenny Dalglish paid to take him to Anfield in 2011.
It would follow Carroll's cut-price deal from his record-breaking £35m move to Anfield from Newcastle.
Downing was a solid-enough player for Liverpool last season, scoring three goals and recording five assists during Premier League play. However, at 28 years old, he might have already reached his full potential, and he might not be able to do much more than he was able to last season.
At the end of the day, Downing isn’t a huge asset to Liverpool, and if they can move him off for the right price, then they likely won’t have a problem letting him go.
Red Interested in Galatasary Striker
If Suarez decides to leave, which is a very real possibility, then Brendan Rodgers is going to need to find someone to possibly replace him.
One of the players that Rodgers appears to be targeting is Galatasary striker Burak Yilmaz. Pete O’Rourke from Sky Sports reported the interest, saying:
Galatasaray president Unal Aysal recently admitted they would be prepared to sell Yilmaz for the right price this summer.
"We have set a price for Burak Yilmaz. We will only consider an offer which is in the best interests of the club and player," admitted Aysal.
"If Burak wants to leave and our transfer demands are matched, we could accept a deal."
At 27 years old, Yilmaz is an established striker in Europe. He had 32 goals in 39 games last season, so there’s no doubt that this guy knows how to find the back of the net.
While Yilmaz may not be at the same level as Suarez, he appears to have a lot of potential and could become a real star in the Premier League with Liverpool under Rodgers.